Strom Funeral Home

McCormick, South Carolina

Mrs. Wilma K. Flanagan

MCCORMICK, SC — Wilma K Flanagan, 92, went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2021, in Inverness Florida while residing with her son James and Susan Flanagan and family for the past year.

Graveside services are planned for Friday at 1 p.m. at Overbrook Cemetery with the Rev. John Paul Marr officiating.  

Wilma Flanagan was born in Abbeville, SC, to the late C.A. and Daisy McMahan Fleming. Her father was the sheriff in McCormick for many years. She was predeceased by her brother Clifton Fleming and a grandchild Jessica Flanagan.

Wilma belonged to the Troy ARP Church, she was Red Cross liaison during the Vietnam War, Senior Center Board Member, active DAR member, and was also treasurer of the Pressley Memorial ARP Church in McCormick for many years, and also treasurer of the Women Auxiliary American Legion.

She leaves behind a son, James “Jimmy” and his wife Susan Flanagan; a grandchildren, Elizabeth Flanagan; four great grandchildren Kaylan and Alayna Simms, and Ciarra and Zachary Flanagan; two great great grandchildren, Brooklyn Sexton and Aspen Hicks; and two nieces Kathy Fleming and Lori Harrelson.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the ARP Church in Troy 116 Greenwood Street, Troy, SC 29848 or to the McCormick Senior Center P.O Box 684 McCormick, SC 29835.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ms. Kathryn Anne Gilmour Mellor

MCCORMICK, SC — Kathryn Anne Gilmour Mellor passed away peacefully at home on February 13th, 2021.  She was 70 years old.

Kathy was born to Ernest William Andrews and Kathleen Gilmour Elwood in Stretford, England.  She grew up surrounded by English countryside and spent much of her childhood building straw bale houses, roller skating and teaching herself how to ride horses.  After getting married to Michael Mellor and having her children, Kathy and her family moved to Montreal, Canada and spent four years enjoying the local Masters swim club and working with autistic children.  She then moved to New Jersey, got her Associates degree and spent 20 years working as a Nuclear Medicine Technician at Cape May Regional Hospital.  Kathy was a very active person and took up running and triathlon in her sixties and made many friends in the local community where she was often referred to as just ‘Mum.’  She also enjoyed reading, puzzles and the game show Jeopardy was a must watch every night.

When Kathy retired she and her partner Richard, moved to McCormick, SC and resided there for five years with their beloved dog, Stella.  They enjoyed days of fishing and kayaking on the local lake.

Kathy developed a love for photography and spent much of her retirement photographing everything from her grandchildren to animals and nature.  Her photographs displayed an artistic eye and were even featured in her own exhibit in 2020.  Genealogy was also a passion and she was our family’s local historian and keeper of records.

Kathy will be missed greatly by her partner Richard Bradway and his children, son Andrew Aitken of Lancaster, England, son Paul Mellor and wife Tracey Mellor (nee Gilbert) of Easton, PA, daughter Emmeline Renshaw of Williamstown, NJ, sister Janet Andrews of Calabria, Italy, sister Margaret Taylor and husband Alan Taylor of Sutton Bonington, England.  She was a loving Nanna to Oliver, Christopher, Morgan, Leah and Matthew.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews that live all over the world

A memorial service will be planned for the summer. Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mrs. Phyllis Leaman Dorn

Abbeville, SC — Phyllis Leaman Dorn, resident of Abbeville Nursing Home, died Wednesday, January 12, 2021. She was 92 years old.  Mrs. Dorn was born to the late Cecil Frederick Leaman and Frances Wescott Leaman of Torquay England.  Mrs. Dorn met her future husband, the late Otis M. Dorn, in England during World War II while his company was doing maneuvers at a lodge in Bishopsteignton.  She traveled to America in October 1946 for a five-day journey on the ship “Queen Elizabeth” landing in New York.  She married Mr. Dorn at John de la Howe School and they celebrated their 34th anniversary before he passed away in January 1981.  

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dorn was preceded in death by sons, Terrence Philip Dorn, Lewis Frederick Dorn, and a sister, Doreen L. Mackenzie.  She is survived by her children, James Dorn (Debbie) of London, KY, Jean Dorn Able (Johnny) of Abbeville, Robert Dorn (Reba) of McCormick, Steve Dorn (Shelia) of Plum Branch, Michael Dorn (Rhonda) of Calhoun Falls, and a brother, Lewis Leaman (Angela) of Newton Abbot, England.  She is survived by eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  

Mrs. Dorn was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, but later worked outside the home in textiles and as a counselor/houseparent for the Abbeville Boys Cottage at John de la Howe where she served for 10 years.  She was a member of the Willington Presbyterian Church for 48 years and faithful participant in the Presbyterian Women’s Circle serving as vice moderator for 20 years.  Mrs. Dorn was a kind, loving person and will be remembered for her gracious spirit, even while her health declined.  The family would like to thank the Abbeville Nursing Home staff for their nurture and care given to Mrs. Dorn during her extended period of long-term care.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm at the Plum Branch Cemetery with Rev. Lee P. Kennerly officiating.  Visitation will be held after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be sent to the Willington Presbyterian Church, c/o Clerk of Session,1299 Simpson St. Ext., Calhoun Falls, SC 29628.

Mr. James Z. Edmunds

McCormick, SC — James Z. Edmunds, 97, died Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson, South Carolina. 

Graveside Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wideman Cemetery off of Highway 28 with the Rev. Martin Wiles officiating.

Mr. Edmunds was born in McCormick to the late Clyde and Ida Edmunds. He attended Buffalo Baptist Church where he was a Deacon. James in served in the US Navy during War World II in the South Pacific abroad the USS Pinkney where he saw the flag raising on Iwo Jima. He ended his military career retiring from the Army National Guard. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ruth Edmunds; a son Jeff Edmunds; and a grandson, Jamie Adams.

Survivors includes his daughter, Virginia Ann Adams; two sons, Michael Edmunds (Donna), and Ricky “Sweet Ricky” Edmunds; a brother, Charlie Edmunds; a granddaughter, Casey Goff (Jared); two great grandkids, Colton and Kimber Goff.

Visitation will be held after the graveside.

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association or a hospice house.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the Family.

Ms. Elizabeth Dawn Whitaker

Elizabeth M. Dawn Whitaker, 26, of 1418 Whitetown Rd McCormick, died Monday, November 30, 2020, at MUSC Hospital, Charleston, SC.

A memorial service will be held at Strom Funeral Home on Friday December 11 at 2 P.M.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her great grandfather James L. Hunter of McCormick, grandfather Michael D. Whitaker of McCormick, and her great aunt Cindy M. Clay of McCormick.

Survivors include her five year old daughter, Elliauna L. Vaughan of Greenwood; a brother Nathanial J. Mason of Central SC;  mother, Tammy L. Mason of McCormick; father, Meredith Mason of Greenwood; and grandmother Kathy Whitaker of McCormick.

The family will receive friends on Friday December 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whitaker residence in McCormick SC 1418 Whitetown Road.

Strom Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jabe Edwin Clegg

Jabe Edwin Clegg, 31, of Augusta, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at his home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Freeland Cemetery in Plum Branch with the Rev. John Noblin officiating.

Jabe was the son of Tammy Clegg Barker and Jamey Clegg.  He was an electrician at IBEW Union.  Jabe love golfing, baseball, and football.  He was a loving father to Bryelan Elizabeth Clegg.  He was predeceased by a son, Eli Jordan Clegg.

Survivors includes his mother, Tammy Clegg Barker (Joey); father, Jamy Clegg; a fiancé, Kristina Bogdanovic; a daughter, Bryelan Clegg; three brothers, Justin Clegg (Brooke), Dylan Clegg, and Christopher Clegg; two sisters Haley Garcia (Andrew), and Courtney Bowick (Wayne Lawton); grandparents, Janice and Sammy Davis; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held after the Memorial Service.

The family is at the home of Janice and Sammy Davis on White Town Road. 

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the Family.

Mrs. Mildred Joyce Conner

Plum Branch, SC — Mildred Joyce Connor, 86, of Plum Branch, died Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Self Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at McCormick City Cemetery with the Rev. John Paul Marr officiating.

Mildred was born in Miami, Florida, to the late Merle and Mildred  McCoy.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.  She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She and William Klugh Connor celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary together and made their home in Plum Branch for the past 25 years. She attended Troy ARP Church.

Survivors include her husband, William Klugh Connor, Jr. of the home; a daughter, Carole Connor Bargelt (Scott) of Central, SC; and grandson, William Mitchell “Mitch” Bargelt of Central, SC.

Visitation will be at Strom Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the Family.

Mrs. Eula Goldman Howard

Greenwood, SC — Eula Goldman Howard, 97, wife of the late Welbon Howard, died August 29, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Greenwood, SC.

Graveside services will be at Overbrook Cemetery in McCormick on Saturday, September 5th at 11:00 a.m. with Bo Willis presiding and visitation with the family afterwards.

Born November 20, 1922 in Lincoln County Georgia to the late Robert Lee and Ella Ingram Goldman.  She lived in Lincolnton for one-third of her life.  She was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church in Lincolnton, Georgia.  Then the second-third of her life was in McCormick, where she worked and retired from Reigel.  The last third of her life was spent in Greenwood, but she always wanted to go back to McCormick.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Emma Mae Bentley and brothers Guy, Wyman, and Ernest Goldman, two sons, John Robert and Jimmy Howard and three grandchildren Austin Howard, Shannon Dawkins Jennings and Heather McFerrin.

She always told everyone and us that “I love all my children” and those children surviving her are, Betty Ann O’Neal (Harry), Margie Nickolaus (Sonny), Jenet Fowler, Reba Dorn (Robert), Dennis Ray Howard (Betty), Jeffrey Lee Howard (Tammy), Lori Ann Howard and Pam Shirley.  She also is survived by one brother, Marvin Goldman and wife Barbara of Lincolnton.  She had 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

Strom Funeral Home in McCormick is in charge of her arrangements.

Eula Howard


Mr. Derry Storey

Plum Branch, SC — Derry Storey, 89, of Plum Branch, SC, husband of Patricia Jackson Storey, died Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his home.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 1, 2020 in the Plum Branch Cemetery with the Rev. John Noblin officiating.

Derry was born in Abbeville to the late Ted and Lillian McGrath Storey. He was a graduate of Calhoun Falls High School. He was employed as the service manager of McGrath Motor Company and later retired from Gus Carpenter Construction. As an active member of Plum Branch Baptist Church, Derry served as a former deacon and was involved in the Men’s Sunday School Class. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick Storey and Toney M. Storey and a grandson, Jason Storey.

Derry is survived by his wife of 68 years, Patricia, of the home; daughter, Kathy S. Reese (Don) of Abbeville; son, Terry Storey of Plum Branch; two grandchildren, Angie Stone (Chad) and Joni Wilson (Brandon); and four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jonah Stone, Carson and Elizabeth Wilson.

The family is at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Derry to Plum Branch Baptist
Church, PO Box 150, Plum Branch, SC 29845.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ms. Jami Lyn Sawyer

McCormick, SC — Jami Lyn Sawyer, 28, born October 15, 1992, departed this life July 27, 2020.

Jami was the daughter of Heather McKinney and the late Dennis Sawyer. Jami loved life and spending time with her family and friends. Her greatest pride and joy was her two beautiful boys. Jami had an infectious smile that brought joy to all who knew her. Jami was employed at Michelle’s Pizza and befriended many of the patrons and citizens of McCormick. She will be greatly missed by all, especially her two young sons.
Survivors include her mother, Heather McKinney of McCormick; two sons, Owen Harrison, age six, and Parker Harrison, age four; a sister, Jennifer Sawyer; and a brother, Jeremy Sawyer.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 2nd at 11:00am at Baker Street Park Pavilion. The family has asked that those attending bring a covered dish and a folding chair.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.